A digital education programme aligned to the upcoming statutory RHE curriculum has been made available to UK schools, at no cost, in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
From 12 January to 31 October 2021, Discovery Education has opened access to its digital Health and Relationships programme – an online suite of resources to help teachers plan, deliver and evidence the Department for Education’s (DfE) new curriculum objectives, which will become compulsory from April this year.
In line with these changes, schools must get set to deliver new teaching in relationships education, physical health and mental wellbeing. As such, Discovery Education’s programme – suitable for children in Years 1 to 6 – will ensure teachers can meet these new objectives and deliver lessons with confidence. The resources can be accessed in the classroom and at home.
But after the overwhelming challenges of 2020 and the uncertainty ahead in 2021, teachers and education leaders alike have had little time to prepare for and adapt to the changes. In response to this, Discovery Education has opened access to a complete RHE teaching and learning solution completely free of charge.
Howard Lewis, UK managing director of Discovery Education, commented: “We know that this is a difficult time for schools and that teachers might not be ready for the RHE curriculum changes. That’s why we’re providing free access to our popular Health and Relationships programme, which includes fully-resourced lessons and teacher support. We’re proud to help UK primary schools by opening up this exciting scheme of work.”
Compiled by subject experts, the programme covers six key topics: healthy and happy friendships, similarities and differences, caring and responsibility, families and committed relationships, healthy bodies, healthy minds and coping with change. Through child-led, scenario-based videos and explorative role play activities, young people develop new skills that allow them to confidently deal with issues that will continue to impact their everyday lives.